THEODORE BIKEL THE KLEZMATICS (New York)
JOSH DOLGIN/AKA SOCALLED (Montreal) THE TARRAS BAND (New York)
SHURA LIPOVSKY (The Netherlands) EFIM CHORNEY & SUZANNE GHERGUS (Moldova)
MC: MICHAEL WEX (Toronto)
Sunday, August 23 at 7:30 pm Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, Montreal
For Immediate Release, July 13, 2015, Montreal, QC … KlezKanada proudly presents Der Groyser Kontsert – A Tribute to Theodore Bikel on Sunday, August 23 at 7:30 pm at Oscar Peterson Concert Hall in Montreal. This not-to-be-missed evening showcases four generations of the most highly acclaimed musicians on the international Jewish music scene – all paying homage to the career of masterful performer, singer, actor, raconteur and author Theodore Bikel, in support of the KlezKanada Youth Scholarship Fund.
Born in May of 1924, the legendary Thedore Bikel has led a unique career spanning over seven decades. An Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner, he is perhaps best known as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, a role he performed on stage over 2,000 times. As a folksinger and storyteller he has recorded over 30 albums and has captivated audiences on virtually every continent. A true Renaissance Man, he views his work and life in terms of survival, saying, “You must explore your roots in the past in order to pinpoint your place in the present or to be entitled to a future.”
The extraordinary line up, coming together for one-night-only, includes Grammy award-winning klezmer supergroup The Klezmatics; Montreal’s own Yiddish hip-hop sensation Josh Dolgin (aka Socalled); New York’s finest post-war klezmer tribute band The Tarras Band; the golden-voiced Shura Lipovsky from The Netherlands; pioneers of the post-Soviet klezmer renaissance, Efim Chorney and Suzanne Ghergus of Moldova; and – pulling it all together as MC – Yiddish author and bon vivant Michael Wex.
KlezKanada was founded in 1996 to teach, nurture and present to a broad public the best of Jewish traditional arts and Jewish culture. From its start as a small summer festival, KlezKanada, with Artistic Director Frank London, has become one of the leading Jewish cultural organizations in the world. Proceeds from this concert will support the KlezKanada Youth Scholarship Fund bringing together each year 75 talented students from three continents and nine countries.
Der Groyser Kontsert – A Tribute to Theodore Bikel
Sunday, August 23 at 7:30 pm
Oscar Peterson Hall 7141 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, QC
TICKETS: $50 orchestra and balcony / $36 mezzanine + taxes; service charges may apply
Available at Oscar Peterson Hall Box Office or through Admission.com at 1-855-790-1245